The summertime is the best point in the year to get outside and ring steel, shred paper targets and get trained up while having fun on the range. However, range days can get hot, and walking back and forth to replace targets can get tiring. Here are five must-have pieces of range gear that will keep you cool during your summer range time.
A.CCW Breakaways Cargo Shorts are constructed from a blend of 100-percent cotton and rip-stop nylon. Hook-and-loop fasteners enable the wearer to customize depth and degree of cant, providing a practical means of successfully concealing a wide variety of full, compact and subcompact revolvers and semi-autos—without a cover garment. Blind snaps concealed within the waistband increase the pocket’s opening to obtain a full firing grip prior to presentation. MSRP: $85.99 ccwbreakaways.com
B. Made from a proprietary fabric, 5.11 Recon Ankle Socks feature five cushioning zones to provide enhanced comfort, compression and durability. A low-profile design and moisture-wicking action keep you cool, dry and focused throughout the day, making this truly versatile gear ideal for training, covert duty and casual wear. MSRP: $9.99 511tactical.com
C. Take your training to the next level with Champion’s Center Mass Full-Size 3⁄8-inch IPSC Steel Target. Laser-cut, rolled and hardened AR500 steel gives shooters the instant feedback and the satisfying ping of well-aimed shots hitting their mark. Available in two different thicknesses for centerfire pistols and rifles, square holes allow for hassle-free hanging with ½-inch carriage bolts (not included). MSRP: $189.95 championtarget.com
D. High-round counts combined with lofty summertime temps can make your AR hard to handle. Thankfully, War Sport Industries Rail Sock offers a simple solution. Rip-stop nylon and an elastic shock cord easily slide over the rifle’s fore-end, delivering welcome heat mitigation when things get toasty and letting you grab your rails without burning your hands. Colors include black, coyote, olive drab and MultiCam. MSRP: $59.99 warsport.com
E. Capable of hugging the body for a tailored, base-layer fit, the Propper System Tee sports lightweight, moisture-wicking fabric and strategically placed mesh venting at high-heat areas to help you beat the heat in style. There’s even a zip pocket for secure storage of accessories, making it a solid EDC shirt for when the mercury rises. MSRP: $24.99 propper.com